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Monreale Cathedral (Duomo di Monreale)
Monreale Cathedral (Duomo di Monreale)

Monreale Cathedral (Duomo di Monreale)

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123 Reviews
Piazza Guglielmo II, 1, Monreale, Palermo, Sicily, 90046

The Basics

Dominating the small town of Monreale, the Duomo, or Cathedral, clings to the slopes of Monte Caputo above the Golden Valley (Conca d’Oro), just 9 miles (15 kilometers) south of Palermo. Go inside to marvel at the exquisite Byzantine mosaics that cover 68,889 square feet (6,400 square meters) of the walls and ceiling, depicting religious scenes. The sumptuous art continues in the complex’s abbey cloister, lined with more than 200 intricately carved double columns adorned in colorful mosaics.

To save time at the entrance, book your admission ticket online in advance. Palermo sightseeing and street food tours often include an excursion to the Duomo, part of the UNESCO-listed group of nine Arab-Norman cathedrals in Palermo, Cefalù, and Monreale. Alternatively, visit from Taormina or Cefalù.

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Recent reviews from experiences in Palermo

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An amazing day in the Palermo area!
Vicki_M, Jun 2021
Full Day City Tour in Palermo , Monreale and Mondello, from Palermo
We loved learning the history of the area, seeing so many beautiful churches, and lunch in Mondello! A great day out!
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Monreale Cathedral was amazing
Roger_N, Feb 2020
Palermo Catacombs and Monreale Half-day Tour
Our guide was very knowledgeable about the sights we saw. He showed us things which we would never have seen. He was very responsive to our questions and we even discussed subjects in present day Sicily.
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Very Prolite
AndruChua, Dec 2019
Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
We are very enjoy the trip and the guide really take care of us. Water also serve to us even we don't ask for it. Highly recommended trip
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Palermo Catacombs and Monreale
ckevinh53, Dec 2019
Palermo Catacombs and Monreale Half-day Tour
Exceptional. Simon, our guide was wonderful. Knowledgeable, nice, informative and friendly. Simon loves Palermo and Monreale and it shows in how he conducts his tours. Gabriele was very friendly and is an expert driver. We highly recommend this tour to the amazing catacombs and beautiful Monreale.
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Good way to see Monreale and Cefalu
CarrolL43, Nov 2019
Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion
Because of the heavy rain on the day of the tour, I was especially happy to be picked up and dropped off at my hotel. Michael, the operator was very courteous, knowledgeable and ON TIME. This is not a guided tour. He basically takes you to the site and tells you where to go and what time to be back. While driving he answered all questions cheerfully and overall had friendly demeanor.
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Great tour
leegall, Oct 2019
Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion
We were picked up right on time. Given great information. The Monreale Cathedral is amazing and worth a visit. We were given time in Cefalu to explore and have lunch. Then delivered back to our apartment. Well worth the tour.
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Best tour ever!
dnurses, Sep 2019
Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
Our driver was the best! I think his name was Giovanni (sp?). Pointed out what to see and do. Very relaxing trip with just my husband and I. Did not feel rushed at all and saw everything we needed to. Car was very comfortable!
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Simon is amazing!
MikeandDaveNYC, Oct 2019
Palermo Catacombs and Monreale Half-day Tour
What a great tour! Simon was super friendly and knowledgeable about Monreale and Palermo. He connected with our group so well. As a bonus, he picked us up at our hotel. Would highly recommend this tour for a comprehensive overview of the city
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Must see!
pksl0pegirl, Sep 2019
Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion
Well worth it. So glad we took this tour. The driver was friendly and informative! We definitely recommend taking this tour. Monreale is amazing! Cefalù is so beautiful!
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Highlights of North Sicily
Ivy, Mar 2020
Private Monreale, Cefalù & Castelbuono Tour, from Palermo area
We had a wonderful time being driven to some of the beautiful sights and historical places of interest in Sicily. The duomo in Monreale is a masterpiece, representing the merging of diverse cultures; the story of the Castello di Castelbuono and the significance both it and the relics of Saint Anna have today are evident in the pride of its inhabitants; and finally the bastion at Cefalu provides a stunning view of the coast. Giovanni was a great guide through all of these and provided us with interesting and relevant information during the day. Recommend this tour to see some highlights in comfort and style!
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Enjoyable
915LizaJ, Sep 2019
Monreale And Cefalù Half Day Excursion
Collected from hotel in Palermo Two other couples collected Mini bus ride was uncomfortable and seemed to lack suspension Monreale beautiful,had approx 1hr there Another bumpy uncomfortable drive to Cefalù then 2hrs to explore Cefalù. We visited the catherdral Lots of restaurant trying to get your attention. Worth a trip but would recommend a new van and driver We didn’t tip due to the rushed uncomfortable journey Both places however worth visiting

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Though the Duomo is a must for art and architecture buffs, you don’t have to be a culture aficionado to be impressed by its grandeur.

  • Modest clothing covering the shoulders and knees is required to enter the cathedral.

  • The cathedral and abbey are accessible to wheelchairs.

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How to Get There

Though Monreale is just a short drive from Palermo, parking can be hard to find. Get there by bus, boarding at Palermo’s Piazza Indipendenza, or join a guided tour that includes transportation.

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When to Get There

The Duomo is open every day. As Monreale is a popular day-trip destination, visit the Duomo in the early morning or late afternoon for fewer crowds.

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Highlights of the Duomo of Monreale

Many travelers go to the Duomo to see the vast 12th-century mosaics inside. Inspired by stories from the Old and New Testaments, the Byzantine masterpieces are made with millions of shimmering gold and vibrantly colored glass tiles. Look for the scenes depicting Noah’s ark, the banishment from the Garden of Eden, and Christ healing a person with leprosy.

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